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Choosing the Right Cemetery — 4 Things to Consider

Published: August 9, 2021

Among the many things that you’d need to take care of after a death, is choosing the right cemetery for your loved one. The choice of cemetery or burial option can be pre-arranged by the deceased, but other times it’s up to the family of the loved one to choose a cemetery. And like any other arrangement, there are several factors to take into consideration before making your choice—location, cemetery type, prices, and regulations.

Choosing the right location

When choosing a location, it is important to first think of a place where the deceased would have preferred to be buried. Some people might prefer to be buried in their hometown, others might want to be buried in the place where they currently lived. Still, others might want to be buried near their family members. It’s helpful to think if he or she were alive to make the choice, where would they want to be? It’s also important to think about choosing a location accessible to the family members of the deceased so they can conveniently visit the cemetery as well.

Deciding on the type of cemetery

There are five types of cemeteries that you can choose from: religious, public, district, national, and green cemeteries.

The most common and most accessible type of cemetery is the public cemetery. You can coordinate with one through a local funeral home or simply by searching online. The good thing about public cemeteries is that they’re generally cost-efficient and there are more options for you to choose from. The downside to this option, however, is that public cemeteries are usually crowded.

You can also consider choosing a municipal cemetery. This type of cemetery is almost similar to public cemeteries, except that municipal (also known as district) cemeteries are nonprofit. You can find a municipal cemetery online or contact your city hall.

If you are looking into choosing a religious cemetery for the deceased, you’d need to approach the church or religious organization that the deceased was affiliated with. That way you’ll get to reach out to cemeteries you can coordinate with.

If the deceased is a veteran, you can reach out to veteran cemeteries and coordinate with them for the burial arrangements. A burial ceremony in a veteran cemetery would involve military honors as well. To learn more about veteran memorial options, click here.

Last but not the least, you can consider green cemeteries and burial options. Green burial is the process by which the body of the deceased person is interred in the ground in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition & returns the body back to the earth naturally. Here at Roupp Funeral Home, we offer green burial options with the Wood’s Edge Burial Grounds at Paxtang Cemetery. To learn more, click here.

Checking the prices

If you’re arranging for the burial on a budget, you definitely want to check out which of the options are the most cost-efficient. So, ask for a full price list from the cemeteries you are considering, and make sure to consider future charges when making your decision. The more transparent a cemetery is in terms of their pricing, the less of a hassle it will be for you and/or the relatives of the deceased in the future.

Knowing the regulations

Each cemetery has its own set of rules and regulations, so make sure that you are aware of their list of requirements before making your final decision. For instance, if the burial involves some religious requirements, you’d want to check if the cemetery can accommodate such specialized requests. If you’re planning on having a personalized memorial for the deceased, you also have to check whether the cemetery would allow it. Does the cemetery allow flowers to be planted or decorations to be placed around the headstone? These are important things to consider that you may not think of until it’s too late.

Still not sure what to do?

If you feel that you need help with all the funeral planning, download our Funeral Planning Kit for FREE! In it you’ll find all the steps and factors that you need to go through and consider as you finalize your plans.

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